Getting a flu shot is more important than ever this year

Dr. Jen Ashton explains why and when you should get your yearly flu vaccine.
1:13 | 09/25/20

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developments that we're tracking -- the U.S. Now on the brink of 7 million confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, with 202,000 American lives lost. Today, more than 32.2 million cases of covid-19 have been diagnosed around the world. With us now is Dr. Jen Ashton. Every year, there's always increased attention about the risk of influenza, but this year it's more than ever, always misconceptions about the flu vaccine, what's the latest? Every year there are misconceptions. Influenza has a pr problem. Take a look at the CDC estimates from last year's flu season. According to the CDC, there were 39 to 56 million cases of influenza in this country, there were 24,000 to 62,000 flu-related deaths. This season in the southern hemisphere which we always look to clues as what might happen, they saw dramatic reduction in influenza largely due to lockdown and covid-19 countermeasures. Of course, we don't know what our flu season will be like, that's why we have to plan aggressively. Dr. Ashton, thank you. We turn now to ABC's Cary

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